This book argues that the current state of China requires an important paradigm shift in the way the party-state manages the country’s development, and goes on to assess the fitness of the party-state for implementing such a paradigm shift and the likelihood of the party-state bringing this about. It brings together an examination of the very latest situation in a range of key areas where current developments have the potential to undermine substantially the status quo, areas such as the recent economic crisis and the resulting economic slowdown, increasing labour unrest, mounting calls for social justice, worsening urban-rural disparity, the urgent need to implement social welfare programmes, the rise of civil society, and the impact of new media. Overall, the book provides a thorough appraisal of the difficulties which China currently faces.
Table of Contents
Introduction Eric Florence and Pierre Defraigne Part 1. Reorientation of the Chinese growth model 1. China’s integration into the world economy: successes and new challenges Françoise Lemoine 2. The limits of the sustainability of China’s growth Jean Christophe Defraigne 3. The Impact of the Global Economic Crisis on Foreign Direct Investment: The Case of China Filip De Beule and Daniel Van Den Bulcke 4. The influence of the current crisis on China’s capital markets and its aftermath on portfolio investment in China Dominique Yernaux Part 2. Recent policy shifts in the fields of labour and welfare 5. China's Reform of the Migrant Labour Regime and the Rural Migrants' Industrial Citizenship Yu Xiaomin and Hu Xiaojiang 6. The Shortage of Peasant Workers and the Dilemma Facing Chinese Industry Liu Kaiming 7. Chinese Socialist Heroes: From Workers to Entrepreneurs Gilles Guiheux 8. Improving the Chinese Welfare State in the New Millennium Linda Wong Part 3. The Party State and Chinese Society: Contention, Accommodation and Collaboration 9. Village Governance Reforms in China: Paradigm Shift or Muddling Through? Björn Alpermann 10. Recent trends in Chinese rural education: The disturbing rural-urban disparities and the measures to meet them Mette Halskov Hansen 11. The Rise of Civil Society in China Kin-man Chan 12. New Media and Subjectivity in China: Problematizing the Public Sphere Kevin Latham
Eric Florence is a Researcher in the Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies, University of Liege, Belgium.
Pierre Defraigne is Professor and Executive Director, Madariaga College of Europe Foundation, Brussels, Belgium.